You'll never be alone in this process; every foster family has a dedicated support team including Link Workers and a Regional Psychologist
The aim of everything we do at By the Bridge with Cambian is to assist children and young people in accessing equal opportunities to build a successful life. By its very nature, having to be fostered usually means that the child is already significantly disadvantaged in having an equal chance alongside their peers who have grown up from birth in a stable, nurturing home. To be placed 'in care' signals the loss of a basic birth right - to be nurtured and raised by sensitive, consistent parents who are attuned to your needs and can meet them.
Neglect or abuse during the formative years, when the brain and mind are ’wiring up’ to understand the world, is traumatic, particularly if the experience has featured consistent abuse and/or neglect. When traumatic experiences are over, the symptoms are not, and a child could be consumed by the impact of their trauma well into their adulthood if they do not receive the right help. Once they are placed in By the Bridge with Cambian we do everything we possibly can to heal the trauma of abuse, neglect, loss and rejection.
Foster parents are a vital component of our care model; when ordinary people achieve excellent outcomes doing work that most people believe is too difficult it creates a culture where every child has a chance to flourish. In By the Bridge with Cambian our placement breakdown rates are very low indeed - testimony that very few children are too difficult to look after in a suitably matched family.
Therapeutic fostering isn’t about becoming a therapist, it is a way of parenting a child who missed out on healthy emotional development and milestones in their early years. Traumatised children need a lot of help and encouragement to develop the positive self-esteem and confidence they need to do well in education and life in general. We have many truly exceptional families who do this impressive work every day.
We all have a genuine sense of responsibility to help each other uphold the values and principles of our organisational culture.
For more information, contact us here, or call 0800 644 6230 to speak to our experienced team.